Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Firefighters Face Possible Long Battle Against ID Wildfire

Despite firefighters best efforts over the weekend, a forest fire in Idaho expanded, according to a report from the Associated Press (http://bit.ly/OKXBBX).

Fire spokesman Dave Olson said the Trinity Ridge Fire in the Boise National Forest expanded Saturday despite 46 runs by four military C-130 cargo planes based at the nearby Boise Air Terminal and more drops by three single-engine air tankers. More than 100,000 gallons of fire retardant were dropped on the wildfire.

Retardant drops continued Sunday, but not at the same pace as Saturday, and the fire grew to about two square miles.

Olson said the fire started Friday and is burning subalpine fir and lodgepole pine that are prone to torching and throwing embers, starting new fires. He said that’s what happened Saturday afternoon and thwarted efforts to contain the fire before it got too big.

Read additional details about the fire at http://bit.ly/OKXBBX.